This Week in Geek (2/11/19–2/17/19)

This Week in Geek 2/11

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 11th to Sunday, February 17th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a free event, so bring some of your own stuff to work on, bring some snacks, and hang out in a collaborative space.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory (St. Louis Park)

This weekly event gives students 50% off to the VR Menu at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratories. This is a great opportunity for students of all types (K–12, college, etc.) to explore virtual reality in a great location. There’s a wide variety of possibilities here, including fun, education, and more; see the website for more details.

Play. Tinker. Drink!

What: Science & Technology, Food & Drink, Family
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Blackstack Brewing

Come on down to Blackstack—a local brewery renowned for its inventive takes on ales—for an opportunity to play and create. Blackstack will be hosting this event in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota (beer nerds may recall Thunder Lizard—their excellent collaboration from last summer). Science Museum members will get $1 off every pint, so network and test out if you’re better at tinkering after a pint and a half of hazy IPA. Kiddos are welcome, but participants must be 21 or older to imbibe.

More Work. Less Talk. *RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER*

What: Community, Books
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Linden Hills Library

This event is put on by the Professional Editors Network, and is all about the nuts and bolts of the business. This all about finding the work, and meeting your goals in this often challenging business. Per the event, please RSVP to [email protected] This is a great opportunity to meet other editors, and hear some success stories for possible inspiration.

Books & Bars: Good Omens

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is Good Omens, a classic collaboration between geek-faves Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Fearless Lab

What: Theater & Comedy, Arts
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey Minneapolis

Come to the February edition of Fearless Lab and become a test subject for experimental comedy. Are you ready for something that no one else has seen, or that needs some testing before going to a wider audience? This is a pay-what-you-want event with a cash bar. Expect some of the material to be R-rated. Performers include James Fairbairn, Garrick Dietze, Tom S. Tea, Pat LaVone and Pher Sturz.

YogaQuest Continues

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Box Counseling and Wellness

Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. The theme for this week is to be determined, so be ready for anything, and check the Meetup group as the event gets closer. This event is winding down, and will be replaced by online classes in the near future.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing

This regular event at Modist, hosted by Sam Spadino and Bacon, represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a brewery that geeks out for innovative beer, and absurd trivia. Trivia Against Humanity has other weekly events as well; see the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events.

TC Trek Trivia: Can You Hear Me Now?

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

Romance in the Stars

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Como Elementary Planetarium

The cold and dark vastness of the cosmos may leave one feeling lonely, but this event is all about the way that love can be star crossed. Learn mythological tales highlighting the importance of the stars to matters of the heart, and get cozy as you learn these classic yarns. See constellations associated with love in a way that only the planetarium can show.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Come to GlitchHQ on the second Thursday of every month for an open game of Dungeons & Dragons or Mouseguard, welcoming new and experienced players alike. The game is played in an open or sandbox style, so don’t worry about missing individual sessions for overarching story. Just show up, roll up, survive, and level up. Materials and rules provided.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its sub-club Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Building and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub

The Girls Only Comic Club hosts a Weekly Comics Chat on Thursday nights at the Kitty Cat Klub, where there will be “Coffee! Comics! Waffles! Talking!” Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.

Logan’s Run

What: Movies
When: Thursday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Plaza Theater

See the ’70s classic before you have to go to Carousel! Logan’s Run is a classic of dystopian science fiction, full of bizarre set pieces and fun little touches that deserve to be seen. Tickets are $3, and the amazing soundtrack alone is worth the full price of admission.

Player Up—The Midwest’s Amateur eSports Tournament

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 15th to Sunday, February 17th
Where: Mystic Lake Casino

Do you want to test your mettle, or are you just curious enough to dip your electronic beak in the world of eSports? Then Player Up is the event for you. Tickets start at $10 for general admission, and $20 for general admission and tournament entry. Expect tournaments of some of the hottest competitive games today, including League of Legends and Fortnite. This is also a great way to connect with fellow gamers, and chill out for a weekend with an after-party and more.

Con of the North

What: Conventions, Gaming
When: Friday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 18th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Roll dice, meet fun geeks, learn some games, or jump back into old favorites. Con of the North is a nonprofit gaming convention held in the Twin Cities catering to role-playing, miniatures, board games, card games, LARPing, and computer gaming. Preregistration is closed, but onsite registration is still open. All of the available gaming space has been booked for events, meaning that there will be a plethora of games to choose from. Expect strong showings from Saturday Night Space Opera, Pathfinder Society, and other more niche groups like the Tekumel track.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store in Saint Paul invites you to experience some Magic with them this Friday night for this Magic: The Gathering draft event. Entry is $15, and all players will receive prizes, including a “fancy promo card.” This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Mischief Toy Store hosts other events throughout the week, which are listed on Meetup and Facebook (check out the full calendar on the event page linked above).

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.; continuing weekly
Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul)

The Level Up board-gaming community will be hosting a weekly board-game tournament with promos, prizes, and a chance to learn new games and meet fellow board-game geeks. This event will continue weekly until further notice. Entry for this event is $5, and there will be a different featured game every week.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

Come on down for an evening of tactical-mech combat! The United Geeks of Gaming meet Friday nights for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop-mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast. FSA’s Virtual World gaming pods also run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech.

Fearless Five: Noir

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Mounds Theatre

See five new plays centered around a single theme: noir. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, enjoy stories of criminals trying to pull off a heist while outsmarting the law and the censors, a psychic detective and a skeptic, a classic noir tale with a twist, the revelations of an Uber driver, and a positive detective. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, and check out our review of last year’s Fearless Five series for more info.

Night Trains

What: Family, Educational
When: Saturday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Come enjoy a winter wonderland of model trains under the warm glow of lowered lights. This event showcases beautiful old model passenger trains in a variety of wintry scenes, with miniature Christmas lights and more. Tickets are $15 for individuals, with kids under the age of four getting in free; there are group rates available as well.

Kara-O-Con Episode IV

What: Arts, Meetup, Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, February 16th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Grumpy’s Bar & Grill (Roseville)

Represent your favorite fandoms and your favorite music at this annual cosplay and karaoke extravaganza held at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville. This is a 21-and-up event, and promises an evening of geeky fun with partying, singing, costumes, and fun. Costumes are not required but highly recommended.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, February 17th at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Where: Open Minds Fusion Studio

This class incorporates a variety of dance styles, including tribal fusion, Greek, American Egyptian, and world fusion and is taught by instructor Shannon (whom readers might know from Geek Slink Belly Dance). These weekly classes will help build a strong core and set of skills, and is intended for all bodies, all ages, all sizes, and is built on a platform of acceptance and inclusivity. Cost is $15. Please note: there are two different classes offered on Sundays. The 10:15 class is intended for all skill levels and beginners may find more forgiving, while the 11:15 class is for an intermediate skill level.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, February 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at Source Comics and Games. This is a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, February 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Come get your game on with a game-master with an epic pedigree, who’s been running and playing role-playing games since the 1970s (and with foundational contributors to the hobby, like Dave Arneson). Expect a table-top game of epic proportions, with polyhedral dice flying, and fun had by all! Check the meetup page for more details.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, February 17th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory

This weekly event gives families a chance to experience virtual reality, soda, and pizza for a special price at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratories. This is a great opportunity for families of all types (K–12, college, etc.) to explore virtual reality in a great Saint Louis Park location. There’s a wide variety of possibilities here, including fun, education, and more; see the website for more details. This event is $20 per person, which covers one hour of VR, pizza, and soda.


So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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